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Atlas Obscura La Virgen de Quito

La Virgen de Quito is a small wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary, located above the main altar in the Church of San Francisco in Quito. For such a small statue, it has inspired an impressive degree of devotion, and innumerable replicas both big and small.

While commonly referred to as La Virgen de Quito, the statue goes by various names. Some call it the Virgen de Legarda (Legarda’s Virgin), in reference to the Ecuadorian sculptor and painter Bernardo de Legarda, a preeminent figure in the Quito School of Art.

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Abandoned Garcia Moreno Prison

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World Heritage Site 1978
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Teatro Politécnico, Escuela Politécnica Nacional
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Brutalism 1972
CIESPAL (Centro Internacional de Estudios Superiores de Comunicación para América Latina)
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The Tallest Winged Virgin Mary in the World

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Association of Engineers of Pichincha